Illustrator Amit Shimoni has created ‘Hipstory’, a series of images of world leaders reimagined as hipsters, complete with alternative biographies by Stephen Ellcock.

The humorous and playful series, by Amit Shimoni, sees iconic politicians and leaders, including the likes of Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi, illustrated against brightly coloured backgrounds and complete with edgy hairstyles, tattoos and piercings.

Talking about ‘Hipstory: Why be a World Leader when you can be a Hipster?’, Shimoni explains: “Meet Barack ‘Barrie OB’ Obama, urban forager and burgeoning ukulele player; ‘Hilly’ Clinton, noted jeansmith and heritage denim brand pioneer; and Queen Elizabeth II, normcore fashion goddess and much-vaunted culture-jamming DJ. This set of 20 postcards re-imagines the biggest world leaders as modern-day hipsters. Send one to a friend and see the world in a whole new light!”.

Whilst the series also sees Margaret Thatcher as a cyclist who will plough “into any unwary pedestrian who she suspects may harbour socialist tendencies”; Winston Churchill is reimagined as the CEO of a chain of boutique health spas; Angela Merkel in an upcoming electronica musician; Mahatma Gandhi is a tea and coffee enthusiast; and Hilary Clinton runs a “small-batch, hand-crafted American heritage denim brand” with her husband “‘Bonnie Prince’ Billy Clinton”.

Queen Elizabeth II - by Amit Shimoni

Queen Elizabeth II – by Amit Shimoni

Martin Luther King Jr - by Amit Shimoni

Martin Luther King Jr – by Amit Shimoni

Hilary Clinton - by Amit Shimoni

Hilary Clinton – by Amit Shimoni

Mahatma Gandhi - by Amit Shimoni

Mahatma Gandhi – by Amit Shimoni

Barack Obama - by Amit Shimoni

Barack Obama – by Amit Shimoni

Angela Merkel - by Amit Shimoni

Angela Merkel – by Amit Shimoni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Hipstory’ set of postcards is published by Laurence King. View more of Shimoni’s work and purchase prints on his website.

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